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Moondance International Film Festival

Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Objective

The objective of the Moondance International Film Festival is to inspire, motivate, promote and encourage the best writers & independent filmmakers, from every country in the world, and to inspire a greater understanding about the vital role of the arts in enhancing creativity, community spirit, and the preservation of our cultural heritage. Moondance also promotes & rewards work which depicts women & girls in a positive light, &/or has lead roles for women actors over 40. We strongly encourage films, TV movies & pilots & written works which show viable alternatives to gratuitous violence & that depict non-violent conflict resolution, which we actively promote within the international film community.

  • The Moondance International Film Festival is much more than an annual film festival! It is a unique community, a supportive, productive, and creative year-round collaboration between independent filmmakers and movie audiences, between writers, composers and the world of filmed entertainment.

Deadline/Entry Fees

Expired. Previous Deadline: 07/31/2017

Notification: AUGUST

Rules

Submission categories:
  • ANIMATION FILM
  • FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM
  • FEATURE FILM
  • FEATURE FILM FOR KIDS
  • FEATURE MUTI-MEDIA FILM
  • SHORT DRONE FILM
  • TRAILERS
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAY
  • FEATURE SCREENPLAY FOR KIDS
  • FILM SCORE
  • LIBRETTO
  • MUSIC VIDEO
  • MUSICAL FEATURE SCREENPLAY
  • MUSICAL SHORT SCREENPLAY
  • ORIGINAL TV MINI-SERIES (1 HR)
  • SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM
  • SHORT FILM
  • SHORT FILM BY KIDS 18 & UNDER
  • SHORT FILM FOR KIDS
  • SHORT MULTI-MEDIA FILM
  • SHORT SCREENPLAY
  • SHORT SCREENPLAY BY 18 & UNDER
  • SHORT SCREENPLAY FOR KIDS
  • SHORT STORY BY KIDS*
  • SHORT STORY FOR KIDS*
  • SHORT STORY*
  • STAGEPLAY
  • STAGEPLAY FOR KIDS
  • TV MOVIE OF THE WEEK (MOW)
  • TV EPISODIC (1/2 HOUR)
  • TV EPISODIC (1 HOUR)
  • TV FEATURE FILM
  • TV PILOT SCRIPT
  • RADIO PLAYS (drama & comedy)
  • RADIO DOCUMENTARIES
  • TREATMENTS
  • DRONE FILMS

* up to 3 stories for single fee

COMPETITION GUIDELINES: Please go to: http://moondancefilmfestival.com/moondance-2016-submission-guidelines/

Awards

SPIRIT OF MOONDANCE AWARD
This award category is for women writers, filmmakers and film score composers. Men may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a woman.

MOONDANCE SEAHORSE AWARD
This award category is for men writers, filmmakers and film score composers. Women may be co-writers or co-filmmakers, but the entry must be submitted by a man.

MOONDANCE SANDCASTLE AWARD
This award is for male and female writing or filmmaking teams where both men and women or a man and woman work as a team on the project.

MOONDANCE SEASHELL AWARD
For men and women radio play writers. Comedy and drama, fiction and non-fiction, half-hour and hour long.

MOONDANCE COLUMBINE AWARD
Films and writings may be submitted by either a man, a woman, a male/female team or a young person 18 and under. The work must reflect non-violent conflict resolution, alternatives to violence, or show why violent resolution to conflict is counter-productive. The submitted material should not contain gratuitous violence.

MOONDANCE DOLPHIN AWARD
This award is for young people 18 years of age or younger, male or female. Moondance accepts submissions for this award in the genres of short narrative, documentary or animation video film, as well as short screenplays, short stories or short stageplays.

MOONDANCE CALYPSO AWARD
This award is to encourage a spirit of enterprise in saving the environment, habitats and wildlife by creative individuals from around the world. The award is presented to the person who expands knowledge of our world, seeks to improve our quality of all life on the planet.

MOONDANCE GAIA AWARD
This award is to encourage and inspire contemplative, meditative, spiritual and inspirational films and scripts. The award is presented to the person who seeks to elucidate and improve the spiritual quality of all life on the planet, and contributes to the betterment of the world spirit.

MOONDANCE ATLANTIS AWARD
This award is for writers and filmmakers who have submitted projects from a foreign country outside the US.

MOONDANCE STARFISH AWARD
This is an award for comedy projects submitted by writers and filmmakers.

MOONDANCE NEPTUNE AWARD
This unique award is presented to a male or female writer or filmmaker, over the age of 75, who has created either a single work of the highest quality or a body of quality work, and who continues to strive for excellence in his or her career in the entertainment industry, and who inspires and encourages others by his or her example.

THE MOONDANCE ABYSS AWARD
This new Moondance award was created for very well-made and meaningful thriller, horror or supernatural films, written works & film scores. An abyss, usually in the ocean, is a chasm that is so deep and vast that its extent is not readily visible, without further exploration. The winning works in this awards category also have a deeper, and often hidden, message, lesson, moral, or important idea that bears further thought.

MOONDANCE MERMAID’S PEARL AWARD
The award is presented to honor and recognize women in the film industry who have contributed most to insuring that women’s work is recognized and appreciated for its worth, who help women achieve success in film, writing & music, and who have themselves contributed a vital body of work, and who continue to contribute to this vital effort. The pearl in the award is a symbol of women’s efforts to make something meaningful and valuable from our struggles to overcome that “grain of sand” women often encounter, when trying to express themselves and succeed within the international film and entertainment industry. The resulting lovely pearl is a reminder of what beautiful things women can accomplish.

MOONDANCE SEVEN SEAS AWARD
A new award category has been created: the MOONDANCE SEVEN SEAS AWARD. This is an award for a winning project created by writers, filmmakers & composers, who enlighten others, help change perceptions about another culture and/or place, and promote cross-cultural knowledge and awareness, through the art of film, writing or music, and, thus, encourage a better understanding of the world’s people.

Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Contest News

Moondance Announces 2014 Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2014 Moondance writing categories.

Updated: 08/26/2014

Moondance Announces Screenplay Winners

Moondance has announced their screenplay selections for 2013.

Updated: 08/23/2013

Moondance Announces 2012 Screenplay Winners

Moondance has announce their Screenplay Competition winners for 2012.

Updated: 09/30/2012

Moondance Announces Screenplay Winners

Moondance has announced their screenplay winners for 2011.

Updated: 08/23/2011

A Year After the Win, Part 2: One Option Down, One to Go

by Heath Davis Havlick

Five months into my year after winning the Spirit of Moondance Award, what's going on? In my first installment, I said that I'd optioned a script and had another option deal looming. Well, I took that second option deal, too, and wondered how I would juggle two sets of notes and rewrites while working full-time.

Updated: 03/17/2011

Moondance International Film Festival

Contact

970 9th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-545-0202 (voice)

Web: Click here
Email: Click here

Contact: Elizabeth English, Founder & Executive Director, Artistic Director

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars3.5 stars (3.4/5.0)
Feedback: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (3.9/5.0)
Signficance: 2 stars2 stars (2.1/5.0)
Report Cards: 17    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter Michael Edwards

An interview with screenwriter Michael Edwards regarding the Moondance Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: ROUGHNECKS! Jazzmyn a former Ms.Oklahoman inherits her dad's daredevil oilfield fire fighting team and leads them into battle against the world's largest underground fire. When Ben is killed in a heliocopter crash, Jazzmyn inherits Wildcat Inc. After the funeral the roughnecks quit because,"I ain't gonna work for no woman." The next day Jazzmyn vows over her Father's grave that she will not fly again but will continue on with Wildcat. After taking over the business she is threatened by Harold," If you don't make good on your Dad's contracts in Louisiana I will put a lien against Wildcat and forclose." Jazzmyn rounds up the roughnecks a la wizard of oz style and swings into action. After one of Harold's wild wells is capped the natural gas mirgrates into the town of Hancock and knocks down the two water towers leaving no water for the fire department. A flare erupts blowing up the hot dog stand at a high school baseball game. They use a gizmo called S.A.I.N.T. to track the natural gas and drown it. Harold is afraid of law suits and flees the country. Jazzmyn recoups her losses by foreclosing on Harold. Thanks, Mike

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I worked in the oilfields for years and I know how crooked they are. Harold is a fine example of their kind. I learned that Moondance is concerned with the envirement and so am I. I have entered ROUGHNECKS! in two contests: Moondance and the Houston International. I have won only one contest. I have finished another screenplay called,"THE BLUE ROOM" Kay an evangelist hopeful is posessed by Pope Innocent the Tenth committed to an insane asylum where she does a do-it-yourself exorisim and becomes the World's greatest exorist! The Blue Room will be entered in a contest soon.

Q: Were you satisfied with the administration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: Yes, Moondance meet their deadlines on time. I enjoyed the call from the administrator notifing me of a first place win but hated to tell her I was moving into a new home that day and couldn't be there to accept the award in NYC. I curse all moving deadlines from this day forward.

Q: How long did it take you to write the script? Did you write an outline beforehand? How many drafts did you write?

A: It took three years to finally get a finished script. I had to read several books on screenplay writing. Working with an outline that was changed many times. Writing about a crew is difficult espically when it is your first time. I wrote four different drafts and worked on THE BLUE ROOM a totally different gendra to increase my ablities. Nothing good comes without hard work.

Q: What kind of software did you use to write the script, if any? What other kinds of writing software do you use?

A: I used a pen and paper up to Oct. of 2011. I bought a laptop and a Final Draft8 program. Talk about shifting gears!

Q: Do you write every day? How many hours per day?

A: Yes, I write every day starting at sunrise and writing until 1 or 1:30 when I eat. After lunch I edit. I love to write around 9 or 10 hours a day. Last week I wrote,"THE GHOST RIG," a first rough draft in 8 days. My skills are catching up to my imagination. I polished and edited 30 pages of THE GHOST RIG today.

Q: Do you ever get writer's block? If so, how do you deal with that?

A: Yes, I believe everyone gets writer's block at one time or another. The best way to deal with it is to go solve the problem that is bothering you so you can get back to writing.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I was raised in Oklahoma. I made straight A's all the way through High School. I went to the SKYTRAIN every Saturaday and watched movies. I told my brother that someday I would make movies. I will. My completed screenplays are ROUGHNECKS!, and THE BLUE ROOM. First rough drafts include HACKSAW AND ROCKY, SALEM, INTERGALTIC TRAVELER #3 and THE GHOST RIG. HACKSAW AND ROCKY is a 007 style script while THE GHOST RIG is a horror style flick. Those last two are nearly finished.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: I do not live in the L.A. area but would move there in a heartbeat if a decent offer was given to me.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am hot-to-trot to finish THE GHOST RIG. It has a budget of $800,000 or less and is the type of screenplay that will make a name and money.

Posted Friday, September 14, 2012